'''రాషిదూన్ ఖలీఫాలు''' ([[ఆంగ్లం]] : '''The Rightly Guided Caliphs''' లేదా '''The Righteous Caliphs''') ('''[[అరబ్బీ భాష|అరబ్బీ]] الخلفاء الراشدون''')
is a term used in [[ Sunni]] [[Islam]] to refer to the first four [[ Caliph]] s who established the [[ Rashidun Empire|Rashidun Caliphate]] . The concept of "Rightly Guided Caliphs" originated with the [[ Abbasid Dynasty]] . It is a reference to the [[ Sunni]] tradition, "Hold firmly to my example ([[ sunnah]] ) and that of the Rightly Guided Caliphs" ([[Ibn Majah]], [[Abu Dawood]]).<ref>[http://www.inter-islam.org/Actions/taraweeh.htm Taraweeh: 8 or 20?<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>
The first four [[Caliphs]] who ruled after the death of [[Muhammad]] are often quoted as the Khulafah Rashidun.
The Rashidun were either [[Election|elected]] by a council (see [[Islamic democracy]]) or chosen based on the wishes of their predecessor. In the order of succession, the ''rashidun'' were:
* [[అబూబక్ర్]] (632-634 A.D.)
* [[ఉమర్ ఇబ్న్ ఖత్తాబ్]], (ఉమర్ І) (634-644 A.D.)
* [[అలీ ఇబ్న్ అబీ తాలిబ్]] (656-661 A.D.)
[[Hassan ibn Ali]] appointed as a ruler of Iraq in 661, is also regarded as a righteous ruler.
In addition to this there are several views regarding additional ''rashidun''. [[Umar bin Abdul Aziz]] (Umar ІІ), who was one of the [[Ummayyad]] caliphs, is sometimes regarded as one of the Rashidun and is quoted by [[Taftazani]]. In the [[Ibadhi]] tradition, only Abu Bakr and Umar are considered to be the '''Two Rightly Guided Caliphs'''. [[Suleiman the Magnificent]] and [[Abdul Hamid I]] of the [[Ottoman Empire|Ottoman]] period are regarded by some to be amongst the rightly guided [[Caliphs]].
[[Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani]] includes the Khulafah of the [[Bani Abbas]] (i.e., the [[Abbassids]]) in his enumeration.